lynn kamin


LYNN KAMIN

Partner

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lkamin@jenkinskamin.com

 

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Having joined Jenkins & Kamin in 1993, Lynn Kamin became a partner in the firm in 1998. Lynn has devoted herself to advocating for the needs of children and families in crisis. For Lynn the practice of family law inherently contains an element of public service and she has successfully incorporated this commitment to public service into both her personal and professional life.

A native Houstonian, Lynn graduated from University of Arizona with bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and English with a minor in Education. After obtaining her Masters in Secondary Education and Psychology from San Francisco State University of California at Berkeley, Lynn taught for a number of years, devoting her attention to teaching children with learning disorders.

Married, with two beautiful daughters, Lynn turned her attention to law school, completing her studies at South Texas College of Law in 1988. From the beginning of her legal career Lynn knew that her focus would be family law, believing that it dovetailed with her continuing commitment to public service--specifically, children and families. Lynn has also been an active volunteer throughout her law career. She was a longstanding director on the board of the Child Abuse Task Force and played an integral role in the organization and development of the Children’s Assessment Center, a program focused on meeting the sensitive needs of child sexual abuse victims.

In addition to her work with children, Lynn has also volunteered countless hours for various community service programs through the Houston Bar Association. Lynn has also served as editor-in-chief of the Houston Bar Association’s Family Law Handbook. To date, more than 25,000 handbooks have been distributed across the state to assist parties and agencies in understanding essential family law topics.

Board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Lynn has also served on the board of directors of Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists and is Past President of the Burta Rhoads Raborn Inns of Court. She has been active in the Houston Bar Association’s Family Law Section for nearly a decade, serving as chair, chair-elect, secretary and several terms as a director. Lynn also participates in numerous other Houston Bar Association activities, including LegalLines, the Family/Probate Bench Bar Conference, and the John J. Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run. She is the past chair of the Houston Bar Foundation.

For her tireless efforts, Lynn has earned the respect and admiration of her peers, named "Friend of HBA, Family Law Section" by that organization, the David A. Gibson 2005 winner and the recipient of the Burta Rhoads Raborn Mentor Award from the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists. Lynn was selected by her peers to be included in the Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers since 2005.  She was also selected as a Texas Super Lawyer, a Thomson Reuters business, published in Texas Monthly magazine, each year since the inception of this award in 2003.  She has also been named as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas from 2006 through 2012, Top 100 Lawyers in Houston from 2006 through 2012, and as Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers in 2008, 2009 and 2012; all by a Thomson Reuters business, published in Texas Monthly magazine.

Known for her generosity of spirit and legal expertise, Lynn is a frequently sought after speaker on custody issues, complex property issues, and other family law issues at both local and state continuing legal education programs. She has also been interviewed on local television stations about family law issues as well as her work with the Houston Bar Association’s community service programs.

Equally comfortable before a judge or a jury, Lynn is considered to be a brilliant and tenacious trial attorney who has tried highly contentious cases not only in Harris County but also throughout the state. When she is not advocating a position before a judge or focusing her presentation to a jury, Lynn enjoys reading, traveling, sailing with her husband, and playing with her grandchildren.

Year Joined Organization:

1993

Areas of Practice:

  • 100% Family Law

Certification/Specialties:

  • Board Certified, Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions:

Texas, 1988

Education:

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1988
  • San Francisco State University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco, California, 1975
    M.A.
    • Major: Secondary Education
    • Major: Psychology
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1968 B.A.
    • Major: Journalism
    • Major: English
    • Minor: Education

Published Works:

  • The Use, Misuse and Abuse of Psychological Testing and Diagnosis in Evaluations, Co-Author with Jonathon Gould and Keith M. Nelson, 37th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, August 1-4, 2011.
  • Under Three Visitation Orders, Author, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, 2011
  • The Future of Premarital, Postmarital and Cohabitation Agreements, State Bar of Texas New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, October 2010 (with Katherine Kinser and Jimmy Vaught) Co-author: Aaron M. Reimer
  • Family Law Handbook, Editor-in-Chief, Houston Bar Association
  • Theming Your Case; and Using Electronic Media to Make Your Presentation (with Wendy S. Burgower and Aaron M. Reimer), University of Texas School of Law, Family Law on the Front Lines, San Antonio, Texas , 2010.
  • Grandparents: What’s New?, South Texas College of Law 24th Annual Law Conference, Houston, Texas, 2010.
  • The Role of Mental Illness in a Custody Case (with Dr. Jonathan Gould, Sharon D. Cammack and Amy N. Montgomery), Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, 2008.
  • Dressing for Success aka Professionalism in the Courtroom (with Jolene Wilson-Glah), Houston Bar Association – Bench-Bar Conference, Galveston, Texas, 2002.
  • An Insider’s View of the 80th Legislative Session, TAFLS, 2007.
  • Criminal and Family Law, Winter 2005 Texas Paralegal Journal.
  • Extraterritorial Custody Issues: The UCCJEA, PKPA, And The Hague Convention (with Sharon D. Cammack), Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2001.
  • Meeting and Making Objections, Family Law Section, HBA, Houston, Texas, 2000.
  • Nuts and Bolts, Serving as Ad Litem, Houston, Texas 2000.
  • Dealing with Social Issues, Ad Litem, and CASA Volunteers: A Curse or a Blessing?, Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, Texas 1998.
  • Child Support: Issues & Modification, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 1998.
  • Child Support: Issues & Modifications, University of Houston Family Law Practice Seminar, Houston, Texas, 1997.
  • Retirement, Pensions, and That Ugly Word…QDRO’s, Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, 1997.
  • Valuation and Division Workshop, Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, Texas 1997.
  • Interim Attorney Fees, American Inns of Court, Family Law, 1996.
  • Handling Sexual Abuse Allegations, Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, Texas 1996.
  • Houston Bar Association Family Law Handbook, Editor, 1996.
  • Modifying Child Support, South Texas College of Law, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, 1994, 1995 and 1996.
  • Maximizing Your Talents in Educating your Lawyers on What You Can and Cannot Do, Fifty Annual Family Law Seminar for General Practitioner and Legal Assistant, South Texas College of Law, 1995.
  • Serving as Ad Litem: The Nuts and Bolts Director, Houston Bar Association – Family Law Section, 1994, Houston, Texas.
  • Custody and Conservatorship, South Texas College of Law, Fourth Annual Family Law Seminar, 1994.
  • The Role of Mental Health Care Experts in Child Custody Cases, Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas.
  • The Role of Attorney Ad Litem in Child Custody Cases, Child Abuse Task Force Houston, Texas.
  • The Role of Attorney Ad Litem in Child Custody Cases, CASA Volunteers, Harris County, Texas.

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Ad Litem Seminar, Houston Bar Association, 1994
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1996-1998, 2001-2008, 2010-2011
  • Advanced Family Law Course, Director, State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, South Texas College of Law 1994, 2000, 2002
  • Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, 1994 – 1996, 2010
  • Family Law on the Frontlines, University of Texas, 1997-1998
  • Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, 1997 – 1998
  • Family Law Seminar, Houston Bar Association, 2000-2001
  • Family Law Seminar, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1994 - 1996
  • Marriage Dissolution, State Bar of Texas, 2006
  • South Texas College of Law Family Law Trial Institute, Faculty Member
  • Frequent Speaker, Custody Issues, Complex Property Issues, Family Law Issues

Honors and Awards:

  • 2017 Lawyer of the Year – Houston, Best Lawyers in America, Woodard/White
  • Texas Super Lawyer, 2003-2012, a Thomson Reuters business, published in Texas Monthly magazine
  • Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers, 2008-2009 and 2012, a Thomson Reuters business, published in Texas Monthly magazine
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, 2006-2012, a Thomson Reuters business, published in Texas Monthly magazine
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Houston, 2006-2012, a Thomson Reuters business, published in Texas Monthly magazine
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2005-2012
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Inns of Court, Family Law
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation "Friend of HBA, Family Law Section", Houston Bar Foundation
  • Recipient, South Texas College of Law Public Service Award for Distinguished Alumni, 2006
  • Recipient, David A. Gibson Award for Professionalism and Excellence in the Practice of Family Law, Presented by the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, 2005
  • Recipient, Burta Rhoads Raborn Inn of Court Mentor Award, 2005

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